Growing houseplants is a wonderful way to add attractive foliage and flowers to indoor spaces. There's a houseplant for every living space, from small-scale terrariums to miniature trees. Every type of houseplant has particular growing requirements as well as preferences for sun and moisture. The Houseplants section of the Better Homes and Gardens Plant Encyclopedia can help sort out any questions you might have, as well as inspire you to add different varieties of indoor houseplants to your growing routine. Our dictionary of houseplants allows you to search by common or scientific name, as well as learn about care tips and ideal growing conditions for each plant. View a list of houseplants by common name or scientific name below.
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Tradescantias are vining or sprawling plants with trailing stems, which change direction slightly at each node, giving the plant a zigzag effect. Grow plants in hanging baskets, as a groundcover under larger houseplants, or on a pedestal or shelf. Tradescantias grow best in medium to bright light at 55 to 75 degrees F. Keep the soil moderately dry.